Archive for the ‘Interesting Projects’ Category
Thursday, August 30th, 2012
Simon made us all green with envy in the studio yesterday when he left us in Honor Oak Park to shoot on location at Cocomaya. Cocomaya Fine Chocolatier sells a wide variety of chocolate items including: Chocolate drinks, Ice creams, Brownies and handmade cakes using the rarest and finest cocoa beans in the world. They also serve, in my opinion, one of the most delicious afternoon teas in London. Their creations are both imaginative and delicious and man, those whisky truffles are just to die for!
Due to limited space in the busy shop, Simon had to create a photography set up that was only one meter squared. Despite such a tiny set up we achieved some fantastic shots.
12 Connaught St, London, W2 2AF
Tel. 020 7706 2883.
Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
We have really enjoyed shooting for CoutureLab over the past few months and have worked with some truly amazing stylists, models and designers. It is always a good idea to have some great retail interior shots… here are some shots of the new shop that will open shortly.
Find CoutureLab at 32 Grosvenor Crescent Mews, London SW1X 7EX T +44 (0) 207 499 7082
Thursday, April 5th, 2012
Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
Simon and I got engaged last year and I have not been able to stop staring at my left hand and the perfect 11.46-carat, yellow sapphire ring that has adorned it for the past few months.
Working within the jewellery industry, the pressure was on to find the perfect ring. In initial discussions with our chosen designer, Sassalina founder and Creative Director, Sarah Freeman, we were determined to focus on the design of the ring rather than the stone.
Working out a story for the piece, to include romantic notions of my union with Simon, became over-complicated and contrived but Sarah’s patient and supportive approach gave us the opportunity to explore the avenues we needed.
Then one day she rang me to say that she had some stones she had selected with me in mind and would Simon and I like to join her for a glass of champagne at her home in Balham so that she could talk us through them.
We happily obliged and, looking back now, I was in no way prepared for the delightful experience that followed. A confection of precious stones; yellow and blue diamonds, chocolate coloured spinels, mossy sapphires and delicious emeralds awaited us.
Sarah is a fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, which involves passing rigorous exams and having a very scientific brain. The amazing thing about Sarah though is that despite being able to source the most beautiful stones and having the ability to discuss minutiae of how it came into being, Sarah intuitively understands people, and is quick to associate stones with personalities and desires.
When presented with the beautiful, bold sapphire that now glints happily on my ring finger, my initial reaction was: ‘Am I allowed it?’, quickly followed by: ‘Am I brave enough?’
In order to answer the first question, she assured us that it was within our budget – Sarah never puts us in the position where we feel stretched beyond what we initially discussed. And, in response to the second question, it did take a little soul searching, but in the end I did decide I was brave enough and on the days when I do not feel as brave as I did then, it just takes a quick glance down at my left hand to fill me with the fierce fire that emanates from its yellow centre.
Here she is…
If you would like to get in touch with Sarah her email address is email@example.com
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
We have been shooting award-winning shoe designer Michael Lewis’s beautiful creations over the past few years and is always a treat to hang out with him in his studio and catch up on all his exciting projects and news.
Michael has worked for Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and Burberry. His own label is sold internationally and he was recently made Versace’s design director of shoes. Here are some of his collection mood shots… swoon.
Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
Don’t miss out on the chance to win a piece of jewellery by the covetable Danish jewellery brand Ole Lynggaard. This family-run jewellery house has a solid and well-established reputation as a luxury brand and has a deeply rooted passion for unique design, use of form, and craftsmanship.
Enter in your details on the competition page of the Talisman Gallery’s website. The closing date is the 20th June and the winner will be announced on the 4th July.
Friday, November 26th, 2010
We were thrilled to work with Sibylle from Wolf and Badger last week, shooting for their very exciting, new site. The Notting Hill shop opened its doors earlier this year with a retail concept which gives power back to the designers. By renting space to the designers, they are able to manage their own stock whilst receiving valuable business support and manufacturing contacts from the very savvy Wolf & Badger team.
We were lusting after many items and are planning a Martner & Mowat online shopping spree as soon as Wolf & Badger launches their E Commerce site. Watch this space for more details. Below are a couple of images from the shoot.
Wolf & Badger, 46 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AB;
Jacket By Jasper Garvida
Ring By Violet Darkling
Thursday, September 16th, 2010
Dominic Jones first collection shot by Matt Irwin
We were thrilled to shoot Dominic Jones’ new collection (his third to date), which will be unveiled at London Fashion Week. His first Collection backed by Alice Dellal, also featured Lizzie Jagger and Eliza Cummins modeling gold nailed gloves and claw and thorn inspired pieces. Endorsed by Anna Wintour and tipped for the top by fashionistas in the know, Dominic’s edgy designs are bound to cause a stir around whoever wears them.
Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
The last few weeks have been very very busy for us. We have been approached by a couple of new clients that we are really enjoying working with, new web campaigns in the making and many many photographs taken. One job we enjoyed this week was shooting for Harrods Luggage department (not strictly jewellery but hey – it’s Harrods!)
Monday, August 2nd, 2010
A couple of Saturday’s ago we were working on a shoot for a new client, Leblas Jewellery, who are based on Sloane Street in London.
Gold bracelet by Leblas
Gold necklace by Leblas
Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
This Sunday past we celebrated another fantastic Cabaret Carnival with our good friend and organizer, Aaron Lamb.
With Simon on the decks and burlesque dancers and performers a plenty one could not help but be drawn into this glamorous spectacle.
Simon and Alyson at Cabaret Carneval, Madame Jojos
Monday, July 5th, 2010
Specializing in photographing jewellery we often find ourselves handling very expensive pieces. But the most valuable thing we have photographed to date doesn’t contain a single precious stone – it’s a violin.
This beauty is the “Grande Dame” made by the famous violin maker Joannes Baptista Guadagnini in 1770.
Photographing this violin was in many ways similar to shooting luxury items and jewellery, you want a very sharp expensive look, but here it was also important to not overdo it with highlights or go for a “flawless” look. This instrument is a master piece in craftmanship that has been through a lot in its 240 years in this world, so you do want to show its age and characteristic.
Today this violin is played by Oscar Bohorquez, a very talented musician who shares his time between his home in Notting Hill and tours around Europe.